In keeping with my New Year’s resolution I have been drinking more wine and writing down my experiences. Last week on my semi-monthly wine stock up one of the bottles of wine I bought was a Sicilian white wine from MandraRossa, Fiano, 2009. It had 13.5% alcohol content. The Fiano grape is an Italian grape that produces very little juice and small yields.
To go with the wine I fixed a salad and chicken breasts, sautéed in garlic olive oil and onions. The wine was a bright yellow color, almost the color of straw. It was dry, not as dry as a Sauvignon Blanc, acidic with a hint of a citrus taste, and had a full finish. To me there wasn’t much taste, in fact I thought it was kind of bland, but Mitch liked it more and drank most of the bottle by himself.
It went well with the chicken, not overpowering the dish. But I could probably have had a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Grigio and it would have gone with the chicken just as well and I would have been happier.
Oh well, at least I can say I gave it a chance and I can move on to another bottle.
I’m always on the hunt for a great bottle of wine, especially one that is relatively inexpensive too. When I find a bottle of wine that tastes great and is still within my budget I feel like I’ve gotten away with something. Granted I would dearly love to taste one of those pricey bottles of wine, like Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon at $850 a bottle, just to taste and savor something that good. But I also know that the likelihood of that ever happening is farfetched, so I keep on the hunt for great wines at great prices.
One of those wines I found that fit in my budget under $15 a bottle and turned out to be very tasty too was a red wine from Sicily, Stemmari, Nero D’Avola, 2012. Nero D’Avola is a red wine grape that is one of the indigenous grapes of Sicily. You can find it at http://www.stemmari.it. I paired it with pork chops and roasted Brussel sprouts. The wine was dry and soft with a medium finish. It had a taste of strawberries and cranberries. Fresh and soft, easy to drink and it went well with the pork chops. It had an alcohol content of 13.5% not too high but enough to know you were drinking wine.
This is a wine that would go great with turkey at Thanksgiving, especially if you are looking for a red wine and don’t want to drink Pinot Noir. This is a wine that would complement ham too I think and if you are having Italian like lasagna or veal parmesan for Thanksgiving then it would be a match made in heaven.
It was definitely a wine that I will buy again.
It is a frosty morning to be sure, all of one degree Fahrenheit today with a high near seventeen. A good day to stay inside and clean, okay scratch that, I had a weak moment. How about cleaning out your closet, I only suggest that so that you have ample room for Christmas gifts and more shopping. Shopping is almost as fun chocolate and wine. Shopping works up an appetite then you need sustenance and what could be better than chocolate and wine or cheese and crackers and wine or fruit, cheese and wine? Do you see where I’m going with this? Wine is the perfect accessory, it goes with everything.
We had a Sicilian wine for dinner last night, a different wine from the normal everyday wines, such Merlot, Zinfandel, or Cabernet Sauvignon. We had chicken parmesan and lasagna rollups. Great for a cold night, warm and filling. The wine was called Mandarossa 2011, cost under $15, so budget friendly. The grape was Nero D’Avola, a red wine, dry and smooth, a bit salty, but not super heavy or too full. It actually tasted kind of light, definitely did not overpower the food at all. The alcohol content was 13.5%, not too high.
It was a bright ruby red in color had a little bite, smooth with a berry fruit taste. My father was first generation Sicilian so my cooking lends toward the simple robust meals of my grandparents. My sauce is a bit sweeter than some and this wine complemented the sauce perfectly. My glass needed to be refilled a couple of times. A good thing I was home because after three glasses of wine, walking was a bit of a challenge.